Recommendations: Slice-of-life Webtoon & Manga

Sneaking a bit of time here to show my appreciation for all of my favourite webtoons/manga/manhwa of the slice-of-life genre. Hope these recommendations will make for a rather relaxing (or lazy) weekend for you folks! ^^

I enjoy a lot of slice-of-life stories and there are a lot of good ones, but for some reasons these five really left a print in my heart even after a long time.

Annarasumanara by Ha Il-kwon

What does it mean to grow up?

“Do you believe in magic?” starts this incredible coming-of-age story of a teenage girl name Yoon Ai.  Standing at as one of the top of her class academically, Yoon Ai is hurrying herself to grow up faster so that she can take care of her younger sister and escape poverty.  However, regardless of social status and economic situation, the journey of growing up is never easy. As the story unfolds, Yoon Ai will learn and accept herself.  She will also realize that the magic of innocence needn’t be given up despite of how tough life can be. Another lesson illustrated through this story is that sometimes we shouldn’t merely take things at face value.  This is a breathtakingly beautiful story full of metaphors and figurative speech that will just warm you up by the end of the day. Continue reading

Asian Entertainment Blog Recommendations

Please note that this gif has nothing to do with this post other than the fact they're Asians. Just want something to fill in the void of the this post. XD

Please note that this gif has nothing to do with this post other than the fact they’re Asians (& this post is Asian-related). Just want something to fill in the void of the this post la~ XD

Over the last few months, I noticed that some visitors have mistaken this blog as an Asian entertainment blog.  Well, it’s not.  However, I do have some recommendations!  Some of which are not for the faint of heart.   Continue reading

A Time-Travel with Dramas

It has been a while since my last blog post, so I might be losing my touch with how I usually write these posts (not that I have any particular style to begin with).  Anyways, today I just want to spazz about some of the dramas I always seem to come back to almost year after year even though they might or might not be “outstanding” at all in terms of acting, plot, and cinematography-wise.  Heck, some of these dramas wouldn’t even make my top ten list.  However, they are dramas that I tend to go back to time and time again for whatever mundane reasons.  I’m not sure if I can categorize them as “guilty pleasure dramas”, but they certainly provide some level of comfort whenever the present drama land is being shitty on poor old me who’s getting older & less energetic each passing day (these days, I just drop onto my bed & sleep immediately after work @___@).  Anyways, enough about my sleep-deprived situation (as I’m pretty much always sleep-deprived anyways since high school).  And, yes, it’s a definitely a “time-travel” post today.

Anyways, not in any particular order and surprisingly, only one C-drama from mainland China (despite that I have a few more that would have made it to my top ten list):

Autumn’s Concerto

A Taiwanese idol drama starring Vanness Wu and Ady An.

A Taiwanese idol drama starring Vanness Wu and Ady An.

Usually I can’t take anything that has an “idol romance-melodramatic” vibe to it.  But surprisingly, this one works for me as it continues to spoil me with awesome OSTs and scenes of a particular cute child actor throughout all the “melodrama-mess” (& no, it’s not a typo).  Asides from the main leads’ chemistry, a few good actors, and the cute kid, the plot is actually quite…typical.  I rewatch this at least once every couple of years because of all the heart-throbbing moments between the main leads (& again, to “aw…” at the cute kid). Continue reading

My To-Watch Drama List

I posted this initially over at AFF about a week ago as I continued to fight the slow internet (then, I got bored & decided to troll others with my weird stories, but that’s an entirely different story for another day XD).  Just some random thoughts as I jog down some titles so that I can refer back later on.  ^^”

Chinese Dramas:  

*HOLY MOLY, there are just way too many good Chinese dramas nowadays that I’m really having a hard time to keep track of my To-Watch list.  XD  Compare to just a few short years ago, Chinese productions have really up-scaled in quality.  Can’t say that I’m not impressed. Continue reading

Chinese Equivalents of Sunbae/Hoobae or Senpai/Kohai

I really didn’t realize that there are so many Chinese equivalents of the terms, “sunbae” & “hoobae”, until I started listing them recently (and thanks to a friend from AFF for kindly pointing it out).  O___O”

Anyways, here are the equivalents and their usage (please do kindly point out if you see any inaccuracy here):

Sunbae (Korean), Senpai (Japanese), Senior (roughly translated):

Qianbei (前輩) – this is probably the term that sunbae and senpai derived from as they sounded the closest, phonetically-speaking (also, Japanese use the same kanji).  This term can be used in most settings.

Xuezhang (學長) – refers generally to older male students in school (or older male alumni who graduated from the same school as you).

Xuejie (學姐) – female version of xuezhang (學長). Continue reading

Favourite Songs from Nicholas Tse

Been spazzing lately…anyways, one thing led to the next and suddenly I remembered that Nicholas Tse has some songs that I really enjoyed back then.  Thought I should be “nice” and share some my favourite songs sang by him here….you know, for inspiration purposes, just in case.  😉

無聲仿有聲 (Imitation of Sound Through Silence) – I’m pretty sure that I was just an elementary school student then, but for some reasons, I just couldn’t get enough of this song.  A very Romeo & Juliet story for the mv.  ^^

愛後餘生 (The Rest of Life After Love)  another favourite ballad from him.  ^^  Man, he was sooo young and nosebleeding hot back then.  >< Continue reading

The Age Factor in Variety Shows

Chinese companies have been acquiring a lot of remake rights of South Korean variety shows in the recent years.  What I’ve found interesting is how the age factor does play a role in setting the dynamic and interaction amongst the variety show hosts.  In general, age matters a lot in the South Korean culture (this country is, after all, the most “Confucian” country in the world — source from classroom lecture), and inevitably this factor is often translated onto the screen.  Even a year difference between two individuals would incur the expectation that the older has the obligation of taking care of the younger, while the younger should listen and respect the older.  Meanwhile for the Chinese culture these days, assuming the group of people is within the same generation (maybe within 5-7 years difference), then age doesn’t seem to play too much of a role.  Sometimes, this is a positive thing.  However, not so much for other times.

When the age plays a positive role in the dynamic of a variety team:

The original, South Korean version of Running Man.

The original, South Korean version of Running Man.

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